The SEC has been dominant the last decade. Not only have they won the last 7 national championships, but have been crazy hot on the recruiting trail. Usually we are talking about SEC powers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, and new addition Texas A&M.
Ole Miss has usually been a bottom dweller in the SEC. They have been middle of the pack at best. In coach Hugh Freeze's first year at the helm Ole Miss went 7-6 overall and just 3-5 in the SEC. Just a few years ago Hugh Freeze was coaching high school football. yes, HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL. As you may know, coaching in high school is just a bit different than coaching in the SEC.
Despite not very much success on the field, Ole Miss currently holds a top-15 class nationally. The class is headlined by 4-star defensive end commit Elijah Daniel and 5-star Wide reciever commit Laquon Treadwell. Ole miss is not done by any means. They are also the front runners for the consesus number one overall propect Robert Knemdiche. Now, Laremy Tunsil to Ole Miss is a "done deal". Those are 2 of the top-5 players in the country. it would also be a surprise for Ole Miss not to land 5-star safety Antonio Conner. Chris Jones, the number 2 overall player on 247 sports, is also considering flipping his commitment from Missippi State to Ole Miss.
If all goes as planned Ole Miss could very well land a top-5 class. This just proves that the SEC is on another level. Could a Big 10 team ever do this? No way. Wisconsin has been to 3 straight rose bowls and their classes havent even broken the top 40. Indiana? Illinois? even Michigan St. would never put a top 3 class together even coming off a national championship. Ole miss might do it coming off a 7-6 season.
Just how big of a difference is it between the SEC and the Big 10? Well, not only can a 7-6 SEC team under a 1st year head coach get a top-5 recruiting class, but they can poach the head coach of a Big 10 power. Wisconsin, coming off 3 rose bowl appearances, some how lost their head coach to an Arkansas team that is in turmoil. Sure the money was better, but this just proves the lure to the SEC is just too good to pass up.